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Stapel gives up title at UvA

November 17, 2011

By Linda Meijvis

AMSTERDAM – Diederik Stapel, a disgraced university professor who was caught using fake data in research publications, recently gave up his doctor’s dissertation, reports the University of Amsterdam.

The Ph.D. degree he received in 1997 is now in the hands of the UvA again.

Stapel worked at the UvA from 1993 to 1999 and then the University of Groningen and at the University of Tilburg, where his fraud came to light.

Giving up his title was a voluntary decision by Stapel, the UvA said.

“My behavior over the last couple of years does not fit with the duties associated with the doctorate,” the ex-professor said.

The Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is forming a commission that looks at how researchers from various disciplines deal with data.

Due to the impact of the Stapel case, the KNAW speeded up this process.

By inventing data, Stapel committed fraud in at least thirty articles published in leading scientific articles.

“What he did violates the essence of science,” said editor of Elsevier Simon Rozendaal. “Fraud is worse than plagiarism. Who commits fraud, fabricates.”

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